Frightening news from Memphis. Grizzlies' owner Michael Heisley has let a few college scouts go. And by a few, I mean every single one of them. According to Geoff Calkins, the team decided to let go of all five of their scouts in order to cut costs. General manager (and frequent target of Simmons' scorn) Chris Wallace said of the move, "I prefer a smaller group." That sounds like it could come from the mouth of a certain general manager/head scout/owner/Redeemer here in Cincinnati, doesn't it?
To be totally fair to the Grizz, Calkins does somewhat concede Wallace's point that scouting in the NBA is totally different than scouting in the NFL. A team only makes a few picks a year, and the top few players are totally obvious to anyone who follows basketball. At least the Grizzlies have somewhat of an excuse, unlike another wildly unsuccessful sports franchise named after an aggressive animal.
However, as Calkins rightly points out, you can't claim you're "building through the draft" with a straight face if you have a bare bones scouting department. God, this all sounds so familiar, doesn't it?
In a completely related story, the Grizzlies were founded in 1995 and have yet to win a playoff game.